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How do I become a Firefighter?
Self-sponsored students (those students not already working as paid suppression employees of a fire department) become certified Alabama Firefighters by attending FF I/II (recruit school) at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa or attending an AFC Regional Recruit School at an approved RTC and passing the Alabama State Firefighter certification test given at the end of the recruit school.

What are the prerequisites?
View prerequisites for this course here.

How long is FF I/II School?
FF I/II (recruit school) is 9 weeks, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

What is the cost?
Please contact Registration for tuition and fees at 1(800)241-2467 or
registration@alabamafirecollege.org. For Books and Uniforms, contact AFC bookstore for prices 1(866)984-3545 or email bookstore@alabamafirecollege.org.

Is lodging provided?
We can provide lodging for the 9 weeks. Please contact Registration for more information at 1(800)241-2467 or
registration@alabamafirecollege.org.

Where can I take the Emergency Medical Technician?

This class is offered at the Alabama Fire College. Please contact Registration for upcoming dates and tuition at 1(800)241-2467 or email registration@alabamafirecollege.org.

Do you offer financial aid?
The Alabama Fire College is not a credit-granting institution and therefore, at this time, does not qualify to participate in financial aid programs.

Can I use VA benefits to pay for tuition?
Yes, you must first contact your VA representative for approval. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your high school diploma, you can then register for the FF I/II school. Your representative will be able to determine the amount of benefits that you have available to use (NOT the Alabama Fire College).

How do I sign up for FFI/II School?
The FF I/II application packet can be obtained from our website. Complete the registration packet and return with your $175 non-refundable deposit in order to hold your spot for the upcoming FF I/II School, provided there are still openings.

When is my documentation due?
All documentation and payment should be received 1 month prior to the begin date of the school.

What is CPAT?
CPAT stands for Candidate Physical Ability Test. The CPAT is a sequence of events requiring the candidate to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments a means for obtaining pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. (click 
here for more information regarding CPAT).

When does the CPAT exam expire?
It will expire 1 year from the date that you took the exam and passed.


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